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About the Teaching Museum

The Lawrence ’60 and Linda Perlman Teaching Museum is a resource for teaching and learning and a community gathering place.

Teaching Museum

As a “teaching museum,” the Perlman emphasizes the role that art plays in posing questions about life. Exhibitions examine how artworks give aesthetic form to ideas, and spark conversations between and across disciplines.

Museum professionals work with the campus community to present public programs, curatorial seminars, and exhibition projects. Museum staff also facilitate use of the Carleton College Art Collection for teaching and research.

The Facility

At 7,800 square feet, the museum offers two handsome galleries, and fully equipped support spaces. The public spaces comprise the soaring Braucher Gallery, with 24 foot ceilings and an adjustable lighting grid, and the more intimate Kaemmer Family Gallery. Downstairs is a classroom, specially designed for studying objects from the College Art Collection.

Functional spaces include a matting and framing studio, a workshop, storage for museum furniture and crates, and Art Collection Storage. The entire facility is climate-controlled to high museum standards, facilitating loans of art from museums, private collections, and individuals.


The Perlman Teaching Museum is free and open to the public. We welcome all visitors during regular museum hours and by appointment. For special school and community group tours, contact Sara Cluggish, Museum Director and Curator.


The Museum is open during academic terms (see calendar):

  • Mon-Wed: 11am to 6pm
  • Thu-Fri: 11am to 9pm
  • Sat-Sun: noon to 4pm

We are closed during College spring & winter breaks, and during the summer (see calendar).


Perlman Teaching Museum
Weitz Center for Creativity
320 Third Street East
Northfield, MN 55057
507-222-4469 or -4342

Map and directions on Google Maps.

The main entrance is on the north side of the Weitz Center, at the intersection of Third Street and College Street. The Teaching Museum will be on your left as you enter the atrium.

Free parking is available along the Union Street side of the building and on surrounding residential streets.


The Weitz Center for Creativity building and the Teaching Museum are handicap accessible. Accessible parking spaces are available on the Union Street side of the building. A wheelchair ramp is available at the main entrance at Third and College.

Photography Policy

Photography permitted for personal use only, unless otherwise indicated in exhibit signage; no flash photography.